This article is to provide an insight into an interesting development in a case by lawyers Wedlake Bell LLP who are representing UK businessman Simon Dolan in launching a legal case against the UK govt to challenge the lockdown. 

The public have been repeatedly reminded by the govt that they are being ‘led by the science’  The Government have now released their previously classified or carefully manipulated SAGE documents to the public. The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) who provide the scientific and technical advice to support government decision makers during emergencies have released their meeting minutes following demands by the lawyers having formally had a Judicial Review served on them demanding disclosure on 26 May.

The published SAGE meeting minutes are in chronological order from 22nd January (SAGE1) up to (SAGE34) on May 7th you can read them in full here   – Please note. The only reason the Govt published these was because of  legal action. 

The UK was put into lockdown on 23 March in an unprecedented step to attempt to limit the spread of coronavirus. But the chief scientists of the UK Govt do not even mention it in their meeting minutes leading up to the decision. There is no record of a full lockdown being similarly discussed throughout the meetings, on the contrary, at various stages they recommended against it. The idea of banning the entire population from leaving the house without a reasonable excuse does not seem to have been seriously entertained at any point during the crisis.

Minutes from meetings (SAGE17) on March 18th 3 days before lockdown is announced, again it is not mentioned at all, it actually states in point 4 of the summary that SAGE is maintaining the consistent advice from the start of March: 

We know from the previous SAGE Minutes what additional intervention means.

  • No Lockdown

  • Protecting the elderly by ‘cocooning’

We can also see that with 9 days to the Lockdown decision on 13th March (SAGE15), SAGE was telling Govt UK that locking people down in their own households would increase infection risk.

Now what happens next is bizarre…there are No SAGE Minutes because there are No SAGE Meetings. between 19-22 March 2020 in what is the single most important science-led decision since the Manhattan Project no one bothered to meet up and discuss. Omitted documents in the interests of national security are understandable but the questions remain on why this was not discussed by the government with SAGE? who now reconvenes in hyper-reality on March 24th. It is as if the Lockdown had not been announced at all. The govt response was that they have published all the documentation below…?

What is clear here is the the government was not ‘led by science’ but surrendered to public panic. The entire country was placed under virtual house arrest with a political decision and not “based or led by the science”. This is not a conspiracy it is business as usual in everyday politics, an elected head of state acting in the interests of the majority of the public.

We know that by the middle of March the public had been whipped into a full lather of hysteria by apocalyptic headlines, as outlined below and by my first post on March 15th 

The Critic ‘ Secondly, public opinion changed. Regardless of what SAGE thought of mass gatherings, there was widespread concern about events like the Cheltenham festival and the Champions League game in Liverpool going ahead. The British public saw the Irish government closing the pubs the day before St Patrick’s Day and wondered why its own government wasn’t doing the same..’

And this from ‘The founding myth of the lockdown is almost the opposite of the truth. Science did not triumph over politics on 23 March. It would be more accurate to say that the strategy which preceded the lockdown, unpopular though it now is, was based on science whereas the decision to go into lockdown was political.’

‘This is in some ways helpful to the government since it debunks the myth that Boris was told to lock down the country by SAGE long before March 23rd and failed to act on that advice due to “dither and delay”, thereby leading to thousands additional Covid deaths.’

Whether this was mass hysteria or simple common sense is not the point. It was the public mood and the government responded to it.’

It was not being ‘led by the science’….

 

 

 

36 Comments

  • Diane Roche says:

    Everything has now become politicised and the nightmare continues. The public in the main have lost the ability to think rationally. We have an already risk averse society in a state of panic which seems to be getting worse and causing extreme anxiety and irrational thought. Your children have more chance of being struck by lightning than becoming ill with Covid-19 but the infinitesimal risk is still stopping parents sending children to school. Children have many risks to face while building up their immune system, some serious eg. Meningitis.
    They need to get back to school as soon as possible for their emotional and social development . Working from home is not ideal for human happiness either. We need to socialise and interact outside the confines of home. It’s not about money.People will be missing the work environment and their colleagues. Real people in a real environment where we can see and touch each other and laugh and talk.
    Our freedom is being taken away for a disproportionate reason. We prisoners are “allowed” out on parole if we behave ourselves (to act like idiots in a Monty Python movie?) . Come on freedom loving people this has to stop. However much our thoughts are censored or taken down we have to stand up to this disproportionate overreaction.We have a life of risk , joy and love to live.

    • Mike Sutherland says:

      Diane, thanks for your comments, I agree with you 100%. If there is anything I can do to fight against this I will. And I mean fight in every sense of the word. If anyone knows of any action happening that I could possibly help with or join, please let me know.
      Mike

      • George Smiley says:

        Diane’s comments are thoughtful and shows a deep concern for the hellish mess we are now in. The mad mask wearing, social distancing scared masses who have rolled over like a dog playing dead need to read this. Their brains need waking up. I’m with Mike! Time for action I think.

      • Diane Roche says:

        Hi Mike
        Thanks for replying. I am very disturbed by what I see around me and finding it harder, not easier , to face going out.I am frightened about what sort of future is ahead for our children. I have never feared the Coronavirus, and the arrogance of humanity to think it can control it has spectacularly backfired. The effect on me personally, however, is the feeling of a huge suffocating blanket covering me and any suggestions of how to cope like doing Yoga and PE online or crafts etc fill me with horror. I will decide to paint or garden. Suggesting it to me as if I am in therapy at a psychiatric hospital immediately makes me rail against the Government. I have been writing a diary from the beginning of Lockdown and it’s becoming harder as my mood sinks. Every day without its normal rhythms, endless ridiculous confusing “rules”. The behaviour of the Police has also disturbed me. They seem in their element at the moment and oppressive in the extreme. Why? Why are the public so compliant? What is wrong with everyone?I am willing to fight for a return to our previous normal lives and I fear the term “New Normal”.
        Lets fight this.
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  • code19 says:

    Great response @Mike @Diane and @George
    I think there are number of ways to we could take action
    1. Support Simon Dolans case https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/lockdownlegalchallenge/
    2. Share the articles – i think this article in particular addresses what a lot of people refer to when questioned on why we went into lockdown. Its becoming glaringly clear now that the action was driven by public opinion and not the science. If the media would start publicising this information it could help to turn the tide on paranoia and we can avoid the sinister ‘New Normal’ happening
    3. I am happy to support any web development, digital activities, computer science for free in helping raise the issue.

  • Diane Roche says:

    There is a far bigger, or equally disturbing problem, one which has been simmering for a number of years now (especially in our campuses and universities of all places) that is censorship. The articles and comments on websites like these need to be in the main news media. However, I bet my bottom dollar they would be removed. Websites like Spiked and We Got a Problem are like lone voices in the wilderness. We need to be heard. The Police should be put back in their boxes because they are getting way out of order. The spite and hatred issuing from the General Public’s collective gob should be shut up. Mask wearing has now become a fashion statement; colour coordinated and trendy designs all Instagram ready naturally. The Devil is afoot. For God’s sake. We need to DO something. We’re living in a Police State. Big mistake letting the Police out of their boxes: thugs in uniforms; prefects and bullies with badges!

  • Mike Sutherland says:

    Thanks to you all for the replies. With regards to the police, Diane, I was never in any doubt they’d be enjoying this when you consider that power is the reason the majority of them join in the first place. Sorry I haven’t got time for much of a reply right now but I will be doing all code 19 suggests above and I’m with George – time for action. Let’s make sure the “New Normal” is nothing like they want it to be.

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